The event is part of the class’s final collaborative art project for the semester. It was inspired by the work of Sheryl Oring, a UNC-Greensboro professor, who leads a movement called “I Wish To Say” where people can write letters to the president.
“They did a lot of readings about how art can be a democratic action and how activism can be art. Not all activism is art and not all art is activism, but it can be,” Slavick said.
In her 23 years at UNC, Slavick has organized other events like this in her classes, but for many of her students, this is their first time participating in an event like this. She said they wanted it to be an inclusive, democratic event.
“I just think it’s great and it’s amazing — you know people are writing things that I totally disagree with. The good thing about this is that you get to listen to everybody and everybody’s voice gets heard, whether they agree with you or not,” Slavick said. “That’s what democracy is all about.”